The 5 Most Insightful Philosophy Books About Human Nature

The five books presented here are chosen based on one criteria: the depth and elaboration of thoughts oh human nature and human condition. They are not strictly philosophical; for example La Rochefoucauld’s Maxims might be…

Do Reason and Science Improve Humankind? Notes from Dostoevsky’s Underground Man

Fyodor Dostoyevsky in his novel Notes from Underground presents another strong case against the blind reliance on logic and science for the betterment of humankind. Dostoyevsky presents his arguments through a fictional character – the Underground Man, a retired civil servant living in St. Petersburg.

Did The Move From Hunter-Gatherer Life Make Us Better Off?

A series of trivial decisions aimed mostly at filling a few stomachs and gaining a little security had the cumulative effect of forcing ancient foragers to spend their days carrying water buckets under a scorching sun.

Nassim Taleb on Why Being Nonsucker is More Important Than Being Right

In real life… exposure is more important than knowledge; decision effects supersede logic. – Nassim Taleb One of the most useful and applicable distinctions I came accross reading Nassim Taleb’s book Antifragile: Things That Gain…

Michel de Montaigne on Luck and Why You Shouldn’t Regret Your Decisions

What we know today as the Outcome Bias was clear to Michel de Montaigne five centuries ago – we are rarely in complete control over the outcomes of our decisions, and often we’re not to…

Confessions of a Philosopher: Bryan Magee on the Importance of Peer Criticism In Learning

In Confessions of a Philosopher, an excitingly readable and thought-provoking introduction to philosophy written in a form of an autobiography, Bryan Magee tells us about his personal journey through philosophy, from having insoluble questions in…